Health & Safety

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – Italy Demands That Countries Whose Flag Is Flown By Rescue Boats Bear The Responsibility Of Migrants Aboard – November 2022.

A row escalated on Friday 4th November over who should take care of migrants rescued by NGO’s rescue vessels offshore Italy, with Italy insisting that countries whose flag was flown by the vessels should bear some of the responsibility and Norway disagreeing. 3 NGO rescue vessels holding almost 1,000 migrants have been at sea offshore …

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Tugboat News – MULTRATUG 17 once again in Malta – 22.12.2021

On Wednesday 22nd December at 0555 hrs the 2008 built 70 tons of bollard pull tug MULTRATUG 17 entered Valletta once again berthing port side alongside Gun Wharf, part of Valletta Cruise Port. She called the first time last 10th June – Read more here – https://maltashipnews.com/2021/06/11/tugboat-news-multratug-17-24-and-27-at-malta-june-2021/ Upon berthing, all Customs & Health Related Paperwork was done crew …

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Cruise Liner News – MSC SEASIDE with positive COVID-19 case – 07.06.2021

The 2017 built Seaside Class cruise liner MSC SEASIDE which was planned to enter Grand Harbour, Malta on Monday 7th June, 2021 was refused to enter the country after a passenger tested positive for COVID-19.  In fact during the normal procedure of calling 2 hours before the actual eta she was instructed by Valletta VTS …

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Virtu Ferries – JEAN DE LA VALETTE joining SAINT JOHN PAUL II on Malta-Pozzallo Route from May 2021.

Due to social distance and safety measures of the Pandemic Disease COVID-19, lately the Austal built High Speed Craft JEAN DE LA VALETTE has joined the Incat built High Speed Craft SAINT JOHN PAUL II in Valletta – Pozzallo route. This service was started on Friday 14th May, 2021 when SAINT JOHN PAUL II left …

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Valletta Cruise Port – MSC GRANDIOSA as first cruise liner for 2021

On Thursday 28th January, 2021 the 2019 built cruise liner MSC GRANDIOSA called at Valletta Cruise Port marking her the first cruise liner for the year 2021. In fact she entered Grand Harbour, Malta at 0718 hrs coming from Napoli berthing at her usual berth at Pinto 1 and 2 wharves, Valletta Cruise Port. On …

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MBL News – WORLD EXPLORER Maiden Call at Malta – September 2020

On Thursday 10th September, 2020 the 2017 built expedition cruise ship WORLD EXPLORER entered Grand Harbour, Malta during her maiden call at 1438 hrs for first fly-cruise embarkation operation in the Mediterranean sea. She was built in Portugal by West Sea Estaleiros Navals LDA as yard number CO 10 and entered service in 2019 with …

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Dangerous Goods – Beirut Port Explosion, Lebanon – 04.08.2020

DANGEROUS GOODS are articles or substances capable of posing a risk to health, safety or the environment. Authorities in Lebanon are busy counting the number of dead and injured after an explosion at Beirut Port that rocked the entire city on Tuesday 4th August, 2020 in the afternoon. It is unacceptable that 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate have …

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Cruise Liner News – P&O Cruises sell OCEANA – July 2020

Carnival Corporation subsidiary P&O Cruises has sold the liner OCEANA which is one of the oldest ships in the fleet. Buyer was not disclosed and she’s scheduled to leave the fleet during this month. The company decided to sell the ship due to the ongoing global COVID-19 Pandemic disease, which has suspended cruise ship sailings …

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – EUROPA II had to return to Valletta due to immigrants mutiny aboard – 06.06.2020

The Italian built short sea ferry boat EUROPA II had to enter Grand Harbour, Malta on Saturday 6th June, 2020 after the 160 illegal immigrants threatened the crew aboard including putting the boat on fire by gathering sleeping bags with gas. She left Bunkering Area 4 of which she shifted from Hurd Bank around 1020 …

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Virtu Ferries – New rules set for Wednesday 1st July – 01.06.2020

Prime Minister Dr. Robert Abela yesterday Monday 1st June, 2020 revealed that both airport and ports due to COVID-19 restrictions will reopen so that means that Malta-Sicily run operated by Virtu Ferries will be done again. Health and safety of the passengers remain the utmost priority and soon over 20 new safety mandatory measures will …

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